My 20 yr old daughter and I stayed here for 4 nights over the Christmas holiday. We loved it. Do be aware that it is old - but that's is a huge part of the charm! Yes, the carpet is worn, yes there are marks on the wall, yes, the lampshade my be tippy, but the beds and linens are very clean and very comfortable. We had an en suite in our 2 twin beds room. A bit mildew smelly in the bathroom from the drains I believe but nothing that was intolerable. The bathroom (including the shower stall) was otherwise extremely clean. Our room was enormous, with very high ceilings, and 2 huge windows facing the street. There was some street noise at night, cars passing on the cobblestone road, people passing by could be heard if boisterous. But not intolerable at all and when you're in the city in an old building that's what you're going to get. There's a lounge with DVDs and books to borrow. We didn't spend much time in there. We did have a light breakfast in there on Christmas morning, David and Tessa provided it since Rick's next door was closed. They had a Christmas tree up, so it felt very nice and welcoming given we were away from home on Christmas Day.
The location is IDEAL and central to The castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Park and Arthur's seat; with plenty of shopping and restaurants all around. And the train station is very close too - 10 min walk perhaps.
We simply loved it here and would stay again. I believe the key is that we knew what to expect. We had read the reviews and knew going in that there would be 50+ stairs to walk up (no lift), we knew it would be old (it might be in the new town section of Edinburgh but new here is 1700's!)
As for the odd check-in times, when I booked the reservation I didn't notice this. Tessa emailed shortly after booking to inquire as to what time we would like to check in. Our flight came in right between these times but Tessa was extremely accommodating and offered to meet us quickly to check us in. No problem, simple communication took care of our needs and we were very appreciative - thank you again Tessa!
One last thought - we felt quite safe and secure the entire time, as mom and daughter traveling together we never once felt unsafe in the building or in the city of Edinburgh. A wonderful, wonderful experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No. 53 Frederick Street, bed and breakfast in Edinburgh is perfectly situated in the very heart of the city centre, providing a magnificent yet unique spacious central home to explore Edinburgh, separated from Edinburgh Castle only by the Gardens! The Edinburgh B&B accommodation is an original Georgian townhouse situated on the second and third floors, that dates from circa 1820, and many of the original features have been carefully retained. This is an elegant and extremely spacious guest house, typified in a welcoming open hall with feature bow wall and staircase to upper floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- 53 Frederick Street Edinburgh, Scotland